University of St Andrews

St Andrews researchers in the Arctic Ocean

Thursday 01 September 2011

William Austin (Head of Department) and Marion Kuhs (NERC PhD student) are currently aboard the Norwegian research vessel Helmer Hanssen returning from the north Svalbard margin, where they collected seabed samples up to 81°40'N.

Funded by the UK NERC, Dr Austin is studying the driving mechanisms that lead to long-term changes in Arctic biodiversity in response to climate change.

The photograph below shows first-year NERC-funded PhD student Marion Kuhs close to the Waggonwaybreen glacier, NW Svalbard. Marion is currently working on the climate-driven record of ice rafting in the North Atlantic during the last interglacial period.

Marion Kuhs close to the Waggonwaybreen glacier, NW Svalbard.